Maplesville wins eighth straight region title

Published 12:23 am Saturday, October 22, 2016

Maplesville’s Terence Dunlap scores his second of three touchdowns on the night. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

Maplesville’s Terence Dunlap scores his second of three touchdowns on the night. (Photo by Anthony Richards)

Maplesville had new teams in its region this year, but the end result remained the same with the Red Devils (8-0, 6-0) on top following a 43-0 victory at home over Loachapoka on Friday.

It was the football program’s eighth consecutive region title and 20th in the school’s history. Maplesville has finished undefeated in region play each of the past eight seasons.

“You don’t schedule games to be unbeaten, but that’s what you want to shoot for,” Maplesville head coach Brent Hubbert said.

The Maplesville defense controlled the line of scrimmage as it has throughout the season and forced its sixth shutout in eight games.

“They just continue to read their keys and swarm to the ball,” Hubbert said. “Exactly what they’re supposed to do.”

For the second straight week, the Red Devils came out looking to establish the passing game and were successful at doing so.

“Our offensive line is doing a good job of providing plenty of pass protection,” Hubbert said. “They are the credit for giving us the ability to throw the ball. We’re still looking for some added depth, but they’ve meshed well throughout the season.”

As a result, Maplesville had a balanced attack and finished with 221 yards through the air and 211 yards on the ground.

“It’s a great feeling to know that defenses have to stop both the run and the pass,” senior running back Terence Dunlap said. “It just helps create more running lanes.”

Brent Schoener accounted for three scores in the contest including a pair of touchdown strikes to Nathaniel Watson of 40 and 42 yards respectively.

Both throws were on the mark hitting Watson in stride down the middle of the field.

Dunlap opened the scoring for the Red Devils with a 4-yard touchdown run, as Maplesville opened up a 22-0 lead after the first quarter and extended the margin to 43 at the halftime break.

The second half consisted of seven-minute quarters with the highlight being an interception by Michael Harris that ended Loachapoka’s first possession of the third quarter.

The Red Devils wrap up the regular season at home against American Heritage (5-4 overall, 3-3 Region 4-3A).

“They’ve got a strong tradition of playing good football,” Hubbert said. “It’s going to be fun.”